-- Dilemmas of Compromise --

Wednesday February 13, 1861

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Virginia Secession Convention Meets

Delegates, who had been elected on February 4, gathered in Richmond, Virginia, to consider the issue of secession. Those opposing immediate secession-- labeled "Cooperationists" or "Unionists"-- overwhelmingly outnumbered the radicals. The convention rejected immediate secession, but remained in session. It awaited events and prepared to act if the federal government attempted to coerce the South.


Bibliography: Potter, Impending Crisis, pp. 507-13; Potter, Lincoln and His Party, pp. 354-56; Nicolay and Hay, Lincoln, 3: 422-23.

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